Professor Arturo Aldama
Associate Professor • Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies
Chicana/o Studies

Office Location: Ketchum 162



Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley - Ethnic Studies, 1996
M.A., University of California, Berkeley - Ethnic Studies, 1993
B.A., Evergreen State College - English-American Studies, 1988

Research Interests

US/México Border Studies, Immigration, Chican@ Popular Culture, Film, Music, Performativity, and Indigeneity. US Latin@ cultural studies, and Latin American subaltern studies, decolonial theories of identity, race, and gender.

Dr. Arturo J. Aldama, born in Mexico City and grew up in Sacramento, California, serves as an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Ethnic Studies at CU Boulder and recently served as Director of CSERA (Center for Studies in Ethnicity and Race in the Americas). He received an MA and PhD in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in 1996. 

What's New

Currently, I am working on a series of articles that look at the representations of race, gender and violence in several award winning series in popular culture, and television: neocolonial cannibalism in Breaking Bad; race and hegemonic masculinity in Sons of Anarchy, decolonial desire in trans-racial and trans-species sites in the HBO series, True Blood; actual instances of racialized trans-phobic violence in the Colorado borderlands.

"What's New" updated Sept 2015

Selected Publications


Aldama, Arturo. Disrupting Savagism: Intersecting Chicana/o, Mexican Immigrant and Native American Struggles for Representation Duke University Press (Latin American Otherwise Series).

Aldama, Arturo. Violence and the Body:  Race, Gender and the State Indiana University Press, 2003.

Edited Volumes

Aldama, Arturo. Ed, Decolonial Voices: Chicana and Chicano Cultural Studies in the 21st Century, Indiana University Press, 2003.

Aldama, Arturo, Lourdes Gutierrez-Najera, and M. Bianet Castellanos, eds. Comparative Indigeneities of the Americas. Introduction (co-author) and a single author chapter in book, not a reprint on US nativism and criminalization of immigrants. University of Arizona Press, 2012. Inaugural book in Critical Indigenous Studies.

Aldama, Arturo. Performing the US Latino BorderlandsPrincipal Editor. Indiana University Press (2012).  Introduction and a single chapter will be published in this book.

Refereed Articles

Aldama, Arturo. “Cognition, Fear and Praxis: A Response to Children of Men.: World Narrative Fiction. Austin. UT Press, appeared in print October 30, 2011.

Other Editorial Experience

He served as the popular culture, art and film editor of Encyclopedia of Latina and Latino Popular Culture (Greenwood, 2004), a 400,000 word, multi-volume project that is the first of its kind.

He served as Editor for CU press book, Enduring Legacies: Colorado Ethnic Histories and Cultures (2011).

Special issue, Biopower and Racial Politics in the Arizona Borderlands and beyond. Bad Subjects (UC Berkeley). Lead Editor and contributor. July 2011.

He also served as an associate contributing editor for Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art: Artists, Works, Culture, and Education. Executive Editor. Gary Keller. Bilingual Review Press, 2003.